13 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

13 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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13 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Broadbeach
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Surfers Paradise
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Broadbeach

Broadbeach ©
With its seemingly endless sandy beach, an abundance of things to do, and family-friendly atmosphere, Broadbeach ranks among the Gold Coast's top holiday destinations.
Visit Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Robina Town Shopping Centre and Miami Marketta. Venture out of the city with trips to Natural Bridge (in Springbrook) and Coolangatta (Greenmount Beach & Kirra Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Broadbeach trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne to Broadbeach is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Broadbeach is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Broadbeach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Balloon Rides and Timezone Surfers Paradise. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Vincent's Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Surfers Paradise online itinerary creator.

Surfers Paradise is just a short distance from Broadbeach. May in Surfers Paradise sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
St Vincent's Catholic Church ©
St Vincent's Catholic Church
Marina Mirage ©
Marina Mirage

5
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kings Beach and Museum of Brisbane. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Newstead House and Fort Lytton National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Queensland Air Museum (in Caloundra) and Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Brisbane travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Brisbane are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Caloundra, Bee Gees Way
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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